Washington, DC - Congressman Steve King released the following statement after voting for H.R. 1960, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill authorizes our national defense priorities for the upcoming fiscal year. The bill passed by a vote of 315-108.
"In these times of fiscal restraint, we must continue to prioritize a strong national defense, and we must make the tough choices within our defense budget to make sure we are doing all that we can within our limited resources to secure this nation," said King. "This bill meets that test.
"It provides the needed support, funding, and protections for our troops and their families both during and after their service. It ensures that nothing will be done to weaken our military's training requirements, and it includes tough new measures to combat sexual assault within the military. I'm also particularly pleased to support the bill's additional funding to support the National Guard, which will help our guardsmen in Iowa. The bill also includes provisions to address domestic threats, while still providing for strong privacy and constitutional protections for American citizens. Finally, the bill provides strong strategic guidance and oversight for a number of important foreign policy issues, addressing national security interests in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, and North Korea, among others, and continues to address the concerns stemming from the attack on our embassy in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.
This year's NDAA lays out out an agenda that will serve our country's national security interests well in the year ahead, and I was pleased to see it passed with strong support."